February 7, 2018

Oudomxay lures tourists with adventure activities, festivals

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- Laos-China railway ‘20.3 percent complete’, compensation still unpaid
Construction of the 409-km Laos-China railway was 20.3 percent complete as of December 2017 after a whole year of operations, Lao authorities in charge said last week.
The US$5.986 billion project has a re-scheduled completion date of December 2, 2021, which is 29 days earlier than the original deadline of December 31, 2021. ... More >>>

Australia provides further support for human resource developmentThe Australian government has reaffirmed its commitment to provide over AUD8 million to support human resource development in Laos in 2018.
The assistance includes 30 new Australia Awards scholarships, 70 new Laos Australia National Scholarships (LANS), and targeted activities and training to support government policy reform. . .. More >>>

Health sector review calls for further reform of infant care
The high death rate of one-year-olds in Laos remains a challenge for the health sector with the nation having one of the highest infant mortality rates among all Asean countries.  
This was the message from Minister of Health Associate Prof. Dr Bounkong Syhavong when speaking at the opening ceremony of a two-day meeting on Tuesday. .. More >>>

- Foreign ministers review progress in regional, global affairs
Foreign ministers came together at the Asean Foreign Ministers’ Retreat in Singapore yesterday to discuss progress on the implementation of the outcomes of the 31st Asean Summit held in Manila last November.
The following adopted documents as the outcomes of the 31st Asean Summit include the declaration to prevent and combat cybercrime, the declaration on innovation, the action agenda on mainstreaming women’s economic empowerment, the declaration on culture of prevention for a peaceful, inclusive, resilient, healthy and harmonious society, and the declaration on the gender-responsive implementation of the Asean Community Vision 2025 and Sustainable Development Goals.. .. More >>>

- KPL, Huawei, Lao Sat link up for media development
Huawei Technology (Laos) Sole Company (Huawei Laos) and Lao Asia-Pacific Satellite Co., Ltd. (Lao Sat) will partner to build new facilities so the Lao News Agency can share news reports with the rest of the world.
Lao News Agency (KPL) Director General Mr Sounthone Khanthavong, Huawei Laos General Manager Wang Qi, and Lao Sat General Manager Mr Ding Yongbing signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the tripartite cooperation project on Saturday. The main focus of the project is the setting up of an online ‘data information port’ where the public can gain access to reliable information via the internet. ... More >>>

More news stories

- Ban Hom road upgrade faces further delays
Half of the Ban Hom Road in Hadxaifong district, Vientiane, still remains unpaved after the contractor stopped laying concrete a few months ago due to budget constraints, but authorities say work will resume shortly.
The company stopped work after running out of money, telling Vientiane authorities they would start work again in January but there is still no sign of activity. ... More >>>

- Foreign countries providing more scholarships for Laos
Scholarship hunters will find it easier to obtain funding for overseas tuition now that more countries are increasing the number of scholarships offered to Laos.
Russia and Hungary are among the countries now offering more scholarships for Lao officials and students, enabling them to take bachelor, master’s and PhD degrees, as well as other higher education courses....More >>>

- Oudomxay lures tourists with adventure activities, festivals
Oudomxay province’s Tourism Department is planning to offer ethnic festivals and nature-based adventure activities to attract more visitors during Visit Laos 2018.....More >>>

- Tobacco-related diseases still a chronic health issue
Heart disease caused by cigarette smoking continues to remain an issue, especially among illiterate people who cannot read health warnings on packaging, a recent study undertaken by the Lao-Luxembourg Heart Centre under Mahosot Hospital has revealed.
The study noted the difficulties experienced in reducing tobacco consumption in Laos, which was largely based on society’s poor understanding of the wiles of tobacco companies. ... More >>>


“We can; I can” on World Cancer Day
"We can; I can” together or individually take action to reduce the burden of cancer and the impact it has on our society. We can advocate for greater equity in cancer care, to make fighting cancer a priority at the highest political level... More >>>


Lao food festival sets tastebuds tingling

Thousands of people had a great time at the annual Lao Food Festival organised at Chao Anouvong Park on the Mekong riverbank in Vientiane last week... More >>>


Top student reveals his tips for success

There are many factors involved in success. Some people may think that it’s money, but a lot more is needed to achieve satisfaction... . . . . More >>>


Lao song praising One Belt, One Road strikes a chord with President Xi
The Lao composer of a song hailing China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, titled Pheng Yidaiyilu, never imagined his lyrical composition would become famous in China. But so great was its popularity that it reached the ears of President Xi Jinping...... More >>>


Wetlands and the paradox of urban development
World Wetlands Day is celebrated on February 2. This year, the theme is “Wetlands for a sustainable urban future”... . More >>>


69 years of progress for Lao People’s Army
Lao people of all ethnicities are happy to celebrate the 69th anniversary of the Lao People’s Army today, as soldiers around the country ably continue to carry out their duty of national protection and development. .. . .


Entrepreneur’s preserved vegetables are recipe for success

Every day before dawn Ms Chantho Sinnalath goes to the nearby market to buy vegetables that she will preserve and sell. ... . More >>>


Fish conservation scheme aids fight to save Mekong species from extinction
Fish has been a key ingredient of many local dishes since ancient times which is probably the main reason Lao people originally settled along the Mekong River and other smaller rivers across the country.... More >>>


Lao Culture Challenge Fund phase 3 workshop officially launches
The government of Switzerland in partnership with Sisanchai Co., Ltd.has launched the third call for the Lao Culture Challenge Fund (LCCF), open to the public. ..More >>>


Book launch promotes elephant conservation
Expat artist Melody Kemp has launched three books about Laos’ amazing elephants to promote the importance of their preservation to local readers....More >>>


Mobile Internet usage soars in Laos
The percentage of mobile Internet users in Laos has been increasing and is slowly catching up with the number of users in nearby Asean countries. . ..More >>>

World news

Turkish president in Rome addresses EU membership, Jerusalem status
ROME (Xinhua) -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paid a 24-hour visit to the capital city and Vatican City on Monday, ....More >>>


Laos-Vietnam special solidarity becomes priceless legacy
Laos-Vietnams relations have been marked by an unalloyed solidarity that is rare around the globe. The rare relationship has become a priceless legacy of the two nations.
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How did you enjoy your time at the Gibbon Experience?
Last week Bokeo province launched Visit Laos Year while hosting the Kapok Flower Festival. Bokeo is also renowned for the Gibbon Experience, which is very popular with Western tourists and has 20 to 30 visitors a day. ... More >>>


Football federation looking to score with youngsters
The Lao Football Federation (LFF) is implementing various activities in Vientiane schools to promote the sport to youngsters, according to its leading official....More >>>

Dining Out

Feeling cold? Try a hotpot! 
Cold weather is the perfect time to indulge in a hotpot and families and groups of friends are flocking to Thongpong Hotpot Zafany in Vientiane to try out their wide and delicious selection.. ... . More >>>

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